(The State Constitution provides that county school board members may
not reside in a portion of the county embraced within an independent school system.)
School board members must be persons of good moral character who have
at least a fair knowledge of the elementary branches of an English education and be favorable
to the common school system.
School board members must not come under any of the following
categories of persons ineligible to hold civil office:
Persons not citizens of Georgia;
Persons under 21 years of age;
Persons having or receiving Georgia or county public monies who have
refused or failed to account for and pay over the monies when called upon;
Persons convicted and sentenced for any felony involving moral
Persons holding any office of the United States (except Postmaster), or
any state, or a foreign nation, except the reserve components of the Armed Forces;
Persons of unsound mind;
Persons who are unfit to discharge the duties of the office because of
advanced age or bodily infirmity; and
Persons who have not been (for a county office) citizens and voters in
the county for two (for a county office) citizens and voters in the county for two years prior
to their selection.
In addition, the law provides the following disqualifications:
Publishers of school books, agents of school book publishers, and
persons having a pecuniary interest in the sale of school books are disqualified.
Only one member may be selected from any militia district or
A board may not employ one of its own members.
Persons serving on the governing board of a private educational
institution, persons serving on the board of any other public school system, and persons
employed by the State Board of Education or serving as a member thereof are not eligible to
serve on county boards of education. These disqualifications do not apply to institutions
above the high school level.
A member of the county board of education is ineligible to hold another